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Detroit Meteorologist Dies By Suicide After Struggling Post-Lasik Surgery
“I do still need all the prayers and well wishes 'cause this is a hard go. The doctor said it could take up to three months or so for me to feel 100 percent again," Jessica Starr said in a Facebook video after her Lasik surgery.
A beloved meteorologist who worked at a Fox station in Detroit was found dead this week, and officials say she ended her own life. Now, there is speculation that Lasik surgery could have possibly been a factor in her death.
A Fox 2 Detroit morning anchor announced the news on Twitter on Thursday.
“Our hearts are broken,” she wrote. “Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life. Her Fox 2 family is deep shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent woman is gone.”
Starr was married and the mother of a 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter, the New York Post reports.
Just two months ago in October, Starr underwent Lasik eye surgery. She was open about the recovery process, which she called a “hard go."
“I do still need all the prayers and well wishes 'cause this is a hard go. The doctor said it could take up to three months or so for me to feel 100 percent again,” she said in a Facebook video a month ago.
In the clip, she reached out to her fans for tips and advice on how to best manage her recovery.
"I just want to get my vision back 100 percent so that I can keep you guys smiling," she said in the video.
However, her final tweet, published on Nov. 14 reads, “Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time."
In light of Starr’s suicide, the Detroit Metro Times published a story which stated that her death “has added to an ongoing conversation about a possible connection between Lasik eye surgery patients and suicide.”
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.